John "Jack" Keegan will lead the Gilbert Unified School District as interim superintendent beginning later this month.
Keegan was selected from four finalists to take over after the retirement of Superintendent Dave Allison on July 12.
Allison announced his plans to retire in January. He began working with the Gilbert Unified School District 20 years ago, following his retirement from education in Canada.
Keegan was most recently the interim superintendent of schools in Council Bluff, Iowa, a 10,000-student preschool through high school district. Prior to that, Keegan spent 10 years as superintendent of schools in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, before his retirement. He has spent nearly 50 years in education and holds a doctorate degree from the University of Denver and a master’s degree from Long Island University in Greenvale, N.Y.
Terms of his contract were not immediately released, but school board president Staci Burk told the Tribune prior to the announcement that who ever is interim superintendent is an "at will" employee of the district. That means when the board does select a permanent replacement for Allison, Keegan's employment can end when necessary.
The district office was closed Thursday for the Independence Day holiday.
The board hired Ray and Associates earlier this spring to conduct a search for a permanent superintendent. Burk said that search has began.
The district recently approved its proposed budget for the 2013-14 school year, which included more than $6 million in cuts because voters failed to renew a maintenance and operations budget override.
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